Gophers Advance to Frozen Four

Minnesota is set to defend its back-to-back national championships when the Gophers make their 10th NCAA Women's Frozen Four appearance this week. Catch up on the NCAA quarterfinal game against Boston University and the reaction to the Gophers' 5-1 win.

Gophers in the News: WCHA Title, NCAA Quarterfinal and More

Catch up on Gopher women's hockey in the news this week. After the Gophers defeated Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota en route to the 2014 WCHA Final Face-off title last weekend, Minnesota's 2012-13 national championship team had the opportunity to visit the White House and meet President Obama on Monday. The Gophers have spent the rest of the week preparing for Saturday's NCAA quarterfinal game against Boston University. In addition, Noora Raty signed a contract with a professional men's hockey team in Finland this week.

Minnesota Daily: Gophers cruise to WCHA final
March 7, 2014

Star Tribune: Strong third period carries Gophers women over UMD
March 8, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gophers to host Boston U. in NCAA women's hockey quarterfinals
March 9, 2014

NCAA: Committee releases eight-team field for national championship tournament
March 10, 2014

KSTP: Gopher Women's Hockey Team Visits White House
March 10, 2014

Star Tribune: Obama praises U women's hockey
March 10, 2014

Fox 9: Gophers women's hockey team visits White House
March 10, 2014

KARE 11: U of M Women's Hockey Team makes the rounds in DC
March 10, 2014

Star Tribune: Gophers will play Boston U in quarterfinals of NCAA women's hockey tournament
March 10, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers win WCHA tournament again, head to NCAAs
March 10, 2014

The Daily Gopher: Minnesota Women's Hockey: Thrice As Nice! WCHA Final Face-off Champions Again!
March 10, 2014

USCHO: Minnesota gets all 15 first-place votes, stays atop D-I women's poll
March 10, 2014

NBC Sports: Finland goalie Noora Raty signs with men's pro team
March 11, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Obama Applauds Gophers
March 11, 2014

USCHO: Wednesday Women: Checking the final eight
March 12, 2014

Star Tribune: Ex-Gopher Raty isn't finished yet, signs with Finnish men's team
March 13, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers prepare for NCAA title defense
March 13, 2014

Gophers Visit the White House

The 2012-13 national champion Gopher women's hockey team visited Washington, D.C., March 9-10, 2014, including a special invitation to the White House to meet President Obama.

Watch Live: Gophers Visit White House

The University of Minnesota women's hockey team is capping off its perfect 2012-13 season with an invitation to meet United States President Barack Obama at the White House today. The White House is scheduled to live stream the visit, which features several other 2012-13 NCAA Division I men's and women's championship teams as well. The live stream is set to begin at 4 p.m. CT Monday.

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Gophers Win 2014 WCHA Final Face-off

The Gophers won the 2014 WCHA Final Face-off title with a 3-1 win over North Dakota in the championship game Saturday night in Bemidji. Check out the reaction to the Gophers' success this weekend.

Gophers in the News: WCHA Postseason, Patty Kaz

Catch up on media coverage of the Gophers this week, including news about the WCHA playoffs and the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award finalists.

Star Tribune: Gophers women win playoff hockey opener over St. Cloud State
March 1, 2014 

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota blows past SCSU in WCHA first round
March 3, 2014 

Star Tribune: U women's hockey will face UMD in WCHA semis
March 3, 2014 

USA Hockey: Kaz Watch: Minnesota has a new "Bona" fide star
March 4, 2014 

Minnesota Daily: Gophers reflect on Olympic experience
March 5, 2014 

Minnesota Daily: Bona emerges as a legit threat on ice
March 6, 2014 

USA Hockey: Three Finalists Named for 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
March 6, 2014

Star Tribune: Gophers' Brandt finalist for top women's hockey award
March 6, 2014

Star Tribune: Obama to host Gophers women's hockey team at White House on Monday
March 7, 2014

USCHO: Yale men, Minnesota women to be honored at White House ceremony
March 7, 2014

KMSP-TV: Obama invites Gopher women's hockey to White House
March 9, 2014

Gophers in the News: UMD Recap, WCHA Preview

Catch up on Gopher women's hockey in the news following Minnesota's back-to-back 6-0 wins over Minnesota Duluth to close out the regular season. The Gophers host St. Cloud State in a best-of-three series for the WCHA first round this weekend.

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota finds answers during season
Feb. 27, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Brandt, Bona among top-10 finalists for Patty Kazmaier; Leveille given weekly honor
Feb. 27, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Women's hockey attendance up
Feb. 26, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers end regular season with sweep
Feb. 24, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers recruit wins Ms. Hockey
Feb. 23, 2014

Let's Play Hockey: Sydney Baldwin of Minnetonka named Ms. Hockey
Feb. 23, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gopher women's hockey: U ends WCHA regular season with sweep
Feb. 22, 2014

Star Tribune: Gopher women overpower UMD in regular-season finale
Feb. 22, 2014

CBS Minnesota: Gopher Women's Hockey Wins WCHA Title
Feb. 22, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers seniors reflect in final season
Feb. 20, 2014

Big Ten Totals 20 Medals at 2014 Olympics

The Big Ten Conference was well-represented at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games as 18 current and former Big Ten student-athletes, coaches and university students earned 20 Olympic medals in Sochi, Russia. The conference brought home medals in both men's and women's ice hockey, bobsled and ice dancing, including five gold, 11 silver and four bronze.

The Big Ten broke down how the 20 medals were awarded, including seven current and former Golden Gopher women's hockey players accounting for five silver medals:

Minnesota led all schools with five participants and one coach medaling, while participants from Michigan and Wisconsin took home five medals each. In addition, Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State saw their Olympic competitors bring home medals.

The Big Ten was well represented in the women's ice hockey final, as the United States challenged Canada in the gold-medal game. The Canadians came out on top, 3-2, in an overtime contest for the gold behind the play of former Ohio State forward Natalie Spooner and former Wisconsin defenseman Meaghan Mikkelson. Fellow Badgers Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight and Jessie Vetter and former Gophers Megan Bozek, Gigi Marvin and Anne Schleper took home the silver skating for the United States. Current student-athletes Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein and assistant coach Robb Stauber, all from Minnesota, also earned silver as members of Team USA.

On the men's side, two Big Ten representatives took part in the final, with Canada defeating Sweden, 3-0. Former Michigan State student-athlete Duncan Keith helped Team Canada to the gold medal, while former Michigan standout Carl Hagelin took home the silver skating for Sweden.

In ice dancing, Meryl Davis and Charlie White added four medals to the Wolverines' lot. The pair became the first American ice dancing duo to capture Olympic gold. They also helped Team USA to a bronze medal in the inaugural team figure skating competition.

Former Illinois track and field athlete Aja Evans and Nebraska football player Curtis Tomasevicz each earned bronze medals in bobsled. Evans placed third in the USA-2 sled, helping Team USA to two medals in women's bobsledding for the first time. Tomasevicz was part of the USA-1 team that snagged the bronze medal in four-man bobsled with a time of 3:40.99, beating Russia-2 by 0.03 seconds.

Big Ten student-athletes and coaches have been a part of the Olympic experience on more than 1,370 occasions, including many taking multiple trips to the international event. That list of conference standouts has accumulated at least 480 medals, including 248 gold.

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Gophers Claim WCHA Regular-Season Crown

The Gopher women's hockey team secured its eighth WCHA regular-season championship with a 3-2 win at Wisconsin on Feb. 14, 2014. Minnesota received the WCHA trophy before a 6-0 win over UMD on Feb. 21, 2014. Catch up on some of the reactions to the Gophers' championship!

Future Gopher Baldwin Named 2014 Ms. Hockey

Let's Play Hockey newspaper announced that future Golden Gopher Sydney Baldwin, a senior defenseman on the Minnetonka High School girls' hockey team, was named the winner of the 19th annual Ms. Hockey Award today at the annual Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet. The award, presented to the top girls' high school hockey player in Minnesota, is based on the following criteria: academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship, coachability and, of course, on-ice performance.

The career leading scorer for defensemen at Minnetonka, Baldwin becomes the first blueliner to be named Ms. Hockey since South St. Paul's Ashley Albrecht in 2002. Averaging over 30 minutes per game this season, Baldwin owned totals of 12-19--31 and helped Minnetonka to an unprecedented three consecutive state championships during her career. She captained the Skippers to the No. 5 ranking in Class AA this season to go along with a 19-6-2 overall record.

Baldwin had points in 19 of her 27 games this season, including nine multi-point contests. She was a three-time all-conference and all-state honoree for the Skippers. Baldwin was also a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championship and will represent Team USA again this March.

Baldwin is set to continue her hockey career with the Gophers and will join Minnesota for the 2014-15 season.

"Sydney Baldwin is like Bobby Orr," Minnetonka head coach Eric Johnson said. "She's the best defensive and offensive player on the ice and the most humble, team-first player off the ice. Syd is the best all-around skater we have ever seen at Minnetonka. She's smooth, fast and strong, while making it look effortless as she glides by opponents. Her puck-handling, passing and shot are even more impressive than her skating ability."

Away from hockey, Baldwin owns a 3.45 GPA and volunteers her time with the DinoMights Inner City Youth Hockey Program. She has also served as a Big Sister with Minnetonka youth hockey teams. In addition to hockey, Baldwin was a two-time member of the Skipper tennis team, captaining the squad to a second-place finish in the 2012 state tournament.

"Sydney is a giver," Johnson said. "She has volunteered over 100 hours in the Minnetonka Youth Hockey Association, attending youth girls' practices, games, study halls and pizza parties. She cares about the kids and about being a good role model. In addition to her academic and athletic commitments, she works four part-time jobs throughout the year. She understands that success is earned through hard work and expects nothing to be given to her."

Two other future Gophers were among the finalists for Ms. Hockey in Kelly Pannek of Benilde-St. Margaret's and Nina Rodgers of Hopkins. Sam Donovan of Irondale and Nicole Schammel of Red Wing rounded out the top five finalists.

Past winners include Dani Cameranesi of Blake (2013), Hannah Brandt of Hill-Murray (2012), Karley Sylvester of Warroad (2011), Bethany Brausen of Roseville (2010) Becky Kortum of Hopkins (2009), Sarah Erickson of Bemidji (2008), Katharine Chute of Blake (2007), Allie Thunstrom of North St. Paul (2006), Gigi Marvin of Warroad (2005), Erica McKenzie of Hastings (2004), Andrea Nichols of Hibbing/Chisholm (2003), Ashley Albrecht of South St. Paul (2002), Renee Curtin of Roseville (2001), Krissy Wendell of Park Center (2000), Ronda Curtin of Roseville (1999), Laura Slominski of Burnsville (1998), Annamarie Holmes of Apple Valley (1997) and Winny Brodt of Roseville (1996).

The 19th annual award, selected based on votes from a panel of high school coaches and Division I and III college coaches from Minnesota and Wisconsin, is sponsored by Let's Play Hockey, the Minnesota Wild and Shakopee Chevrolet.

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Let's Play Hockey: Sydney Baldwin of Minnetonka named Ms. Hockey